A 2007 letter to the Ubyssey newspaper asking the question "Is UBC the Cambridge of the West Coast" with the answer evidently not! It may have been once but today it treats its mathematicians, astronomers and physicists as second citizens not paying attention to their needs for new buildings and new classrooms. The letter touches on more issues. Topics: UBC, Cambridge of the West Coast, mathematicians, astronomers, physicists
There is a story of G.H. Hardy visiting his friend Srinivasa Ramanujan while the later was hospitalized and offering his friend the comment that he arrived in cab 1729. Lacking any topic of conversation Hardy made mention that the number 1729 was "uninteresting." Ramanujan's rejoinder that 1729 being the smallest sum of two cubes that can be expressed in two ways is now legendary. For someone like Ramanujan whose brain was wired for mathematics, his was a prepared mind that stated the... Topics: Ramanujan, Hardy, 1729, sum of two cubes, mathematics, mathematicians
Most students are introduced to the Harmonic Series and are told it yields an infinite sum, and then things are left at that. There is something beautiful in taking the next step, which is to introduce the Euler Constant. Unfortunately thus next step is not always done. This little article was lost amongst the author's notes in 1983 and only recently found in a box of old manuscripts. There will be other A Little Bit of Euler articles. Topics: Euler, Euler's Constant, Harmonic Series, natural logarithm, mathematics, mathematicians
This manuscript was co-written in 1982 with Dr. George Volkoff but remained lost in the primary author's papers, until recently rediscovered with other manuscripts. The crux of this paper stems from discussions that the primary author had with Dr. Volkoff, and prior discussions George had with his colleagues Stanislaw Ulam and the late John von Neumann. Using the Ulam Mapping Function an algorithm is developed to produce pseudo-random two and three state selection, such as coin tosses and... Topics: Bruskiewich Volkoff Von Neumann Algorithm, George Volkoff, John von Neumann, Stanislaw Ulam,...